February 1, 2007

Bilas Talks KU

Jay Bilas has become one of the most recognizable and respected figures in college basketball. After a successful four year (1983-86) career at Duke, Bilas played professionally overseas and eventually became an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski.

The former Blue Devil joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst during the 1995-96 season. College GameDay will be in Lawrence this weekend, so Jayhawk Slant caught up with Bilas to talk about Saturday nights primetime showdown between sixth-ranked Kansas and No. 10 ranked Texas A&M.

Bilas was a four-year starter at Duke and averaged 8.4-points and 5.4 rebounds during his career. For his career, he scored 1,062-points and helped the Blue Devils advance to the Final Four in his final year in Durham.

"The move from playing college basketball to being a college basketball analyst has been a gradual process," said Bilas. "I've been with ESPN fulltime for six years now, and I really enjoy doing it. Being on the road and traveling all of the time is tough, but it's been a great experience for me.

"After I graduated from Duke, I played professionally overseas," he added. "Once I was done playing overseas, I became an assist coach at Duke under coach Mike Krzyzewski. The transition from being a college basketball player to college basketball analyst has not been bad at all."

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